janeintheworld is my blog which I write on my small boat in Sausalito, California where I live, or wherever I happen to be traveling in the world as director, women’s empowerment with The Asia Foundation. This organization works for systemic change at both institutional and community levels in support of peace, justice and prosperity in the region.

I’m a storyteller, artist and activist and I weave the narratives and experiences of my life into my writing, mentoring, public speaking, drawing and visioning. I seek to bring my creative and activist self to my work and life.

I’ve spent years working with grassroots organizations at the front line of advocating for women’s and girls’ rights and leadership and responding to the impact of discrimination, dislocation and dehumanization.

I’m continually asking the question ‘what’s really going down here’ and what are the most helpful ways to see these situations and to address the root causes of inequality to advance women’s and girls’ human rights. How can men and boys be more engaged in working for gender equality, knowing that this work will open options to realize their own potential and transformative leadership rather than their having to assume defined and prescribed roles.

I’m passionate about seeking collaborations that can shift power and resources to grassroots women’s organizations.so that women have access to the funds to support their own leadership, strategies and solutions in their communities and countries. Equally important is their access to high level forums so they can speak for themselves rather than have others speak on their behalf.

In my life, I finally have a sense of my own power and I want to use it fully, and to mentor and support others to do the same.

I hold close to me words of the poet, Mary Oliver, “what will you do with your one wild and precious life?” as a constant question for my waking life and my work. In this spirit, I am seeking a balance of work (I believe in) and play (time) to really know myself and those around me.

As ever, being in the natural world restores me, time with friends and family nurtures me while solitude provides the foundational prayer and affirmation for all that I do.

Jane Sloane 2017

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Jodie McAlister

    Hey Jane – it’s a funny world. I am living and working in Tonga and I heard you interviewed on ABC radio (gotta love it). So then I googled you and I was blown away by your new job and life. Congrats – you are amazing and I love your blog. So glad to have found you again and hope to keep in touch.


  2. Purna Shova Chitrakar

    I hope we can learn more from this and will have opportunity to share to empower women globally.

  3. Willet Makeit

    Hi Jane, it’s Tom , Maura”s friend and I am enjoying your posts so far. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it… hope yo meet sometime. Thanks for the post. Feel free to send me a friend request on FB…. Tom

  4. Suellen Primost

    Dear Jane,

    May I warmly welcome you to the Bay Area. I represent Evelyn Roth’s work here in the US and am based in Oakland. I am so looking forward to meting you finally after hearing from John and Evelyn about your fantastic global rights initiatives and fearless spirit. Please call or email me when the dust settles a bit and we can meet for lunch wherever and whenever it is most convenient for you. I am now blessed with a very flexible schedule. Sending every good wish and stirring winds to move you forward toward your most noble goals.


  5. Sarah Harris

    To a fabulous woman, I am missing you but reading your blog and seeing all those you reach and touch through your words, work and actions reminds me that you are doing fabulous stuff and that it would only be selfish of me to wish you were here…….



  6. Jeremy

    Jane, I have always found your work inspiring and your commitment to raising awareness, whether through your professional undertakings or your commitment as a friend, to be the hallmark of Jane in The World. With great love and respect, Jeremy

  7. Suellen Primost

    Hi, Jane

    I just wanted to let you and Bay Area friends know that the iconic and amazing Evelyn Roth, Australian-based eco-arts pioneer and internationally renowned textile and performance artist, is coming to the East Bay this Monday, July 14, as she prepares to launch The Evelyn Roth Arts Residency, ten days of fabulous events, including: A Press Conference at Berkeley’s Expressions Gallery at 6 pm (July 17); A Free Family Day in Oakland’s Uptown Art Park at 10:30am (July 18); A Public Talk at Berkeley’s Firehouse Art Events Hangar at 7:30pm (July 18); Expressions Gallery’s “Summertime Fun Recycling Show” Opening at 6pm (July 19), plus 2 VHS workshops (July 21-22); and Rainbow Link -Evelyn’s Performance Art Fundraiser at Firehouse AEH (July 25). The full schedule is up on our website at http://www.evelynrothresidency.org. If you want to call or interview Evelyn, contact me at evelynrothrez@gmail.com. Hope to see you at some of the events. Suellen


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